Lot 327 - 2004 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL Roadster
|Odometer reading||23,893 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,880|
The Mercedes-Benz R129 models were produced from 1989 through to 2001 and sold under the SL-Class model names. The R129 replaced the R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was subsequently replaced by the R230 in 2001.The R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124 saloon and featured many innovative details for the time. The R129 came to public attention in 1991 when Diana, Princess of Wales, sold her Jaguar XJS to lease a J-registration, metallic-red 500 SL, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to use a foreign car. This controversy sparked a media storm as it was questioned whether a member of British Royalty should drive a foreign car. The fifth generation of the legendary SL series, made by Mercedes-Benz, was known as the R230. It featured a fully retractable hardtop that was marketed as the Vario Roof- a first for the SL class although it had been available on the smaller SLK model since 1997.
Originally registered on 7th January, 2004, this low mileage 350 SL has only had one former keeper and presents in excellent condition throughout. The black paintwork is unmarked as is the leather interior; clearly this has been a very well looked after example and the vendor is only selling her due to lack of suitable garage area. During our inspection, the roof operated exactly as it should and on our short test drive the car drove exceeding well. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a current MoT test certificate valid until 25th September, 2018 and the original service books confirming the low mileage. This is a very versatile sports car that can be used for the daily commute or a summers day drive to the coast.
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